Wonder where the beautiful beaches are in Bali? Welcome to Sanur Beach which is probably a nice pick in the area and maybe in all of Bali. Indonesia is a strange, but magical place. And in some places a tad too touristy. Expect a bit of that around Sanur Beach. It is intentional because naturally, it’s the way for the people here to make a living. Because of many things from culture to a lack of administration in places, like any place this active, you can see a side of Bali that is not as beautiful as you dreamed. But still, remember we are dealing with humans who given the circumstance you might be looking at the same options in life.
Sanur Beach in Bali, Indonesia, is one long beach – with white/off white sand. As you see, the water is calm and protected. Once home to a great reef, it is mainly gone due to erosion and Indonesia “progress”; silt and pesticide runoff from construction. So for Sanur, lot’s of nice sand, but below the surface there are many problems. We were first interested in the beaches of Bali when a user e-mailed asking why we didn’t include this beach. Unfortunately, this is one of the better beaches here. For some reason, probably corruption, these beaches do not get the treatment they deserve. There is little enforcement of the few laws Indonesia has for preservation. Feel free to comment.
One of Southeast Bali’s gems is Sanur Beach. With its small tourist population, Sanur is a very attractive. The surf is gentler than other areas of the island and the hotels are quite nice. In the past 20 years Sanur has developed into a great resort for tourists, feasting on the sights and sounds of the Indonesian countryside.
There is hardly a beach in Bali that is unappealing and Sanur is no exception. Our most breathtaking experience happens around sunrise. Sanur Beach is about 10 minutes from Denpasar (depending on traffic). After the sunrise, be sure to hire a canoe to sail along the coast with and even to the outlying islands, if you would like an extra enjoyment. Sanur just happens to be surrounded by a large coral reef so snorkeling is very much recommended for the first time visitor. As we said, however, much of the reef is dead. Fish still try to make a home here.
Sanur is a very mellow town. There is an amazing contrast constantly going on here. There are hotels upon hotels, but there are also many aspects of the old village life going on as you will see when you find a place to stay. You may choose to stay in an 11-story hotel or you may choose to stay in a Balinese type resort. Aside from the accommodations, there are also many restaurants to enjoy near the beach. Indonesia is this way. Below is one of my favorite pictures; people relaxing around one of the temples in the area.
What to visit: The Sacred Temple of Ratu Ayu of Singgi, located in the Grand Bali Beach Hotel.
Sanur Beach – Bali – BEACH INDEX:
- Sand – Golden, about a km long
- Facilities – All included at the nearby hotels. Plus small stands that sell various items such as chessboards.
- Shade – mature palm trees
- Sports – Parasailing, surfing, snorkeling, touring on glass-bottom boats, canoeing, jet-skiing, windsurfing, sailing and swimming.
- Notes – can get crowded around major hotels.